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Krauthammer’s Take: ‘The Adjective Clintonian Was Invented’ for Scandals Like Hillary’s Email

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said the scandal over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account and server during her time at the State Department is classic Clinton, saying the term “Clintonian was invented” for the “fine distinctions between legal and illegal” seen in the case.

On Fox News’s “Special Report” on Wednesday, Krauthammer wondered why Clinton would have gone through the trouble to set up a private server in her home without having a wish to hide information from the public.

“If you want to make something disappear by swapping out a server, you can do it, nobody knows,” he said. “Now why would you do that, if you’re Secretary of State and you’re not intending to do something secretive about it?”

“The Clintons aren’t just entitled, they also have a sense that they are to be protected in a way no one else is,” Krauthammer continued. “And then they end up, when they’re accused of violating either the law or the practice, making distinctions that are — I mean, the adjective ‘Clintonian’ was invented for these fine distinctions between legal and illegal, proper and improper.”

“This is a version of, ‘It depends what the word is, is,’” he finished, referencing Bill Clinton’s famous response to lying under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

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